Tom Ledgard – Buckinghamshire

My brother Kris Ledgard died in October 2012 at home in Milton Keynes having gone to bed one evening and never woke up. At the time he was a strength and conditioning coach with Leicester Riders, an elite level British basketball team. As a young, healthy and active person, his passing was a shock to our family and friends that has left a huge hole in our lives.

Kris was a talented individual; kind and considerate, with the ability to get along with everyone he met. He was prepared to have a go at anything and everything, always willing to help whatever, with time for everyone and he always had a smile on his face.

Kris had many pastimes and interests, but sport was top of that list as he loved to watch and attend any sport he could, from formula 1 to speedway and to play anything, from snooker to board games. The summer of 2012 and the London Olympic Games saw Kris in his element, with so much sport to watch and the opportunity to go to see so many top sports stars live in action, he was inspired.

CRY has given me a focus since my brother died and allowed me to remember him by supporting others in his memory. With family and friends, we have raised funds to support screening efforts, holding several events in communities and locations where Kris was known to many.

As a CRY representative my aim is to support others with their fund and awareness raising activities, promoting key messages and encouraging more young adults to get their heart tested.